Joseph Lieberman Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of Joseph Lieberman, former United States Senator from Connecticut.

Birth date:
February 24, 1942

Birth place: Stamford, Connecticut

    Birth name: Joseph Isadore Lieberman

    Father: Henry Lieberman, package-store owner

    Mother: Marcia (Manger) Lieberman

    Marriages: Hadassah (Freilich) Lieberman (1983-present); Betty Haas (1965-1981, divorced)

    Children: with Hadassah: Hani, 1988; Ethan (stepson); with Betty: Rebecca, 1969; Matthew, 1967

    Education: Yale University, B.A., 1964, Yale Law School, L.L.B, 1967

    Other Facts:
    Democratic candidate for vice president in 2000, the first Jewish person to get the nomination from a major party.

    Bill Clinton worked as a campaign volunteer on Lieberman's 1970 state senate run.

    At Yale, his nickname was "Senator."

    In 1963, he took time off from school to spend a few weeks in Mississippi doing civil rights work.

    - Works with the private law firm Wiggin and Dana.

    1970 - Elected to the Connecticut Senate, representing New Haven.

    1972-1983 - Partner in the law firm Lieberman, Segaloff and Wolfson.

    1975-1981 - Majority leader of the Connecticut Senate.

    1980 - Runs unsuccessfully for a seat in Congress and returns to private practice.

    1983-1988 - Attorney General of Connecticut.

    November 8, 1988 - Becomes the first Orthodox Jew to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

    1989-2013 - U.S. Senator from Connecticut.

    1995-2001 - Is chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council for six years before stepping down in 2001.

    August 8, 2000 - Al Gore selects Lieberman as his running mate for president.

    January 7, 2003 - Publishes the book: "An Amazing Adventure: Joe and Hadassah's Personal Notes on the 2000 Campaign," along with his wife Hadassah Lieberman.

    January 13, 2003 - Declares he will run for president in the 2004 election.

    February 3, 2004 - Drops out of the race for president.

    August 8, 2006 - Lieberman is defeated in Connecticut's Democratic Senate primary by Ned Lamont. Lieberman then announces he will run in the election as an Independent.

    November 7, 2006 - Lieberman wins re-election as an Independent.

    February 23, 2007 - Tells an audience in Hartford he has "no desire or intention to leave the Democratic Party or the Democratic caucus," after telling Time earlier in the week that joining the Republican Party was a "distinct possibility."

    December 17, 2007 - Endorses Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

    November 18, 2008 - After a 42 to 13 vote by the Senate Democratic caucus, Lieberman is allowed to keep his chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

    January 19, 2011 - Announces that he will not run for re-election to his Senate seat in 2012.

    January 2013 - Retires from the U.S. Senate.

    January 2, 2014 - Announces he will serve as executive board chairman of Victory Park Capital, a $1.3 billion equity firm.

    January 12, 2015 - After the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, Lieberman writes an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal and states that a global alliance is necessary to combat Islamic terrorists because they will only stop when "they are destroyed."